Apple CEO Tim Cook faces criticism for pulling Hong Kong map app

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  • — HONG KONG —- DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

    We, the People of Hong Kong, hereby DECLARE that we are a FREE and as of right, a Sovereign PEOPLE.

    We are not now, nor have we ever been a part of the Communist Party of China. China, as an unfree, undemocratic, totalitarian, surveillance State, is not recognizable to anyone living in Hong Kong.

    We must state clearly the issue facing us: Communism, the political scourge of this planet, is at our doorstep and threatening everything we hold sacred. Freedom and democracy shall die in Hong Kong or it shall live forever.

    This is the great struggle of our time: Hong Kong "shall become all the one thing or all the other".

    History will record either that Hong Kong became like China or that China became like Hong Kong – no other outcome is possible. None.

    Never in history has an elder generation of its citizens bargained for their own freedom during their own time, by condemning their future offspring to live unfree under total communist rule. Such was the Devils bargain made by the UK and the Communist Party of China, and imposed upon our generation and the next, in perpetuity, forever.

    We are Hong Kongers and we utterly rejects this and call on all right minded nations to step up and end this nightmare. This is the time. This is the place. This is it. Now. Now. Now.

    On this issue we must be clear: no future generation of Hong Kongers shall be sacrificed and given over to Communist Rule. NOT ON OUR WATCH. We NEVER voted to approve Communist rule of Hong Kong and a Free People could never agree themselves into such a state of utter despotism.

    WE STAND FOR HONG KONG. NO EXCEPTION. WE PLEDGE OUR HONOR AND OUR LIVES.

    Signed,

    'Publius'

  • Tim Cook is used to bending over, he's a fairy after all so any thrust he receives in the form of bloodstained Commie money is a welcome boost.

  • Originally, Hong Kong was a pirate strong hold with little to no law and order. After the 1st Opium War in 1849, the Empress of China seceded Hong Kong region over to the British Monarchy as part of war reparations. The 2 cultures immediately clashed. However, through pure determination by both sides, the Hong Kong indigenous people eventually adapted to the rigid British law & order system which brought new opportunity and hope to a formerly lawless region. Under the Hong Kong Treaty, life was far from perfect, but, the British Monarchy allowed the proud Hong Kong people to discover their own identity as a distinct society.
    To have our culture now threatened by a tyrannical communist regime is morally, ethically and legally wrong. This is clearly demonstrated when reviewing the historical documentary evidence surrounding the formation of the Hong Kong treaty signed by and between the 2 Monarchies in 1849. The document is clear in its legal intentions, purpose and recourse. There is no legal provision for the Hong Kong Territories to be handed back to anyone except the Emperor. Under the Hong Kong Treaty, the Chinese Communist Government IS NOT the rightful beneficiary/authority to receive the Hong Kong & Territories. Clearly understand our intentions, we are Chinese, and we deeply honour and respect our motherland China. We have no interest to be separated from our motherland. Rather, what we want is our freedom for self rule, self governance, self determination and economic independence from the PRC government. We Hong Kongers believe there's sufficient historical/legal precedence both in Treaty law, modern political law, and, as found in numerous UN resolutions that support the recognition of free and distinct societies as independent city states, to warrant the granting of Hong Kong's permanent independence as a city state. We have no interest in causing trouble with Communist China. As a free and independent city state, we would enjoy, promote and maintain a meaningful and propersous relationship as 2 brothers, who rightfully live in different houses; each respecting the other and each responsible for their own household affairs.

  • Here is the funny part.
    Do you even know what that app is?

    Picture Russia or China make an app to exposed all police activity and track police vehicle? I would love to hear what Fox say.

  • Good on Tim! These rioters are destroying the city to the core and it needs to be stopped not promoted or escalated. Most of the people commenting on the western media vids only have a limited view of the riots and what the rioters have done to the people of HK. It’s scary how the western media pick and choose what to show the masses. It’s especially scary for Americans who are so uneducated about the world.

  • As good as endangering the protesters.
    App should have further improved to identify chinese military personnel disguised as police.

  • Yay, China is bad.

    Let’s boycott everything chinese!

    Literally no body will do that considering almost everything is made in China.

  • So Apple megs products in China for dirt cheap then charges US citizens a bloody fortune. Especially since the product has been on the decline as far as Innovations since Steve Jobs kick the bucket.

  • One interesting question for all who blame apple on this issue: Do you think it's OK for anyone to be able to track police activity via a free app? Is it legal back in the States?

  • I find it hard to care that an app used by rioters is no longer available through apple or google stores- no matter which region of the world happens to complain the app was removed. People intent on rioting can get it elsewhere anyway. Suppose it's used against NYPD for terrorist activity. Maybe it will be now that it's said to be a great tool for terrorists. Apple and google don't have to put every available app in the world in their stores.

  • Thses people successfully made a easy economic question into a political question. Is it too hard to figure out you need to obey rules when you want to make money?

  • I love the Chinese people…I just hate their government. Chinese were a big part in building America and making it what it is today. It's a shame that the communists got all the power and held them back. It's like the socialist in our own congress trying to get all the power by using propaganda from fake news media and just outright lying. Don't let what happened in China happen here. .

  • Yet another company submitting to the Communists because they’re to weak to stand up and take the manufacturing elsewhere

  • Apple really depends on that Chinese phone construction plant don't they! Almost as much as the 2% net net taxation they enjoy.

  • Tim Cook is an American hating piece of you-know-what, he rather bow to Xi and the rest of his cadre than upholding long-held tradition freedom values and the will of the people of HK and their struggle for delivering true democracy. Shame on such scumbag.

  • Tim cook is a shady guy. He uses the iPhone stock app to promote positive stories about the apple stock. Meanwhile he promotes a lot of left wing stories that are bad for the stock market.

  • Apple is a fool! Communists invaded and occupied mainland China by 1948. Till today it is still illegally occupying mainland China, which is officially mandated to be ruled by ROC since 1927.
    Throughout history, communists has never occupied Hong Kong before. Apple is just helping CCP complete this illegal occupation earlier than 2047.

  • Cook is a “ Genius “ he simply followed the law here nothing else in a FOX inflated nothing story ( useless panel) and Cook is so responsible and has worked so hard to improve especially safety issues and privacy issues on devices and he is committed to children’s and people’s privacy issues online and I think he is up for the NOBEL price ( not sure exactly what category yet ) next fall in Sweden / Norway . He has a lot to be happy about

  • It is very simple. Do not do business with murders and thieves. It is a real shame the chinese people themselves are going to pay a horrible price for CCP'S actions. They better fix CCP. For thier own good. As for the current corporate traitors currently pandering to china? EXILE FROM THE U.S

  • would Apple, Google, FB, Twitter & Co. have pulled their services supporting the Arab Spring "protesters" if those governments would have complained?

  • mr. karabell is making false equivalencies. Hong Kong was a free country under British rule. the communist chinese government is trying to oppress the free people of Hong Kong.
    years ago when bill clinton gave china most favored nation trading status the chinese would somehow become more democratic. Time has proven this to be false. The whole reason for favoring china was the money china gave the clintons, and now our businesses are being bought by china. This is foreign interference in out politics that the left ignores while they line their own pockets

  • Why can we report more on what happening in Chili, Barcelona, Catalonia , middle east. How much of freedom they have lol.? Tires of seeing reporting about Hong Kong.

  • These big corporate boys are such cowards. They compromise their principles (if they have any) for Chinese bloody money. It’s like the “Caesar pond of flesh” doing business with China and kowtow to them. We need to ask ourselves, are politics and economics with China really two different issues? Or are they both need to build on the principle of trust and good wills to be consistent and credible. The CCP’s 70 years of ruling history has hardly proved that,. Along with the world’s highest human casualty record of at least 70 millions as today. I think We are slowly realising the more we depend on China for our economic existence the more we become their economic slaves. That’s why the bravery of these HK protesters have astonished so many people globally. To resist against this super master! In a way they put us to shame. They are exposing the true face of the CCP regime right in front of our eyes. No more excuses! Let’s face the facts, China has never respects the western values or freedom, but to use them to gain her needed advantages. She doesn’t play fair unless being force to. Ultimately there is no win win goal in CCP’s mind but only she wins you lose as her plan. Beware!

  • Apple is only about status not about treating their customers with respect nor about creating durable products and definitely not about being willing to fix their products. All they want is to be able to do a "quick fix" with simple software diagnostics and when they cannot they just want to victimizing and robbing their customers (cult members) of their data and their money by forcing them to purchase new expensive devices because they build their devices in China with cheap China quality parts that break and are engineered horribly.

  • Chinese government can censor anything they want. They have the right and reason not to watch NBA and buy Nike if Nike supported the violence in Hong Kong, like America don't buy Huawei (for no reason). These are all their internal business. If Apple uses the app to support the violence in Hong Kong, Chinese consumers also have the right not to buy Apple Product, and I don't think Apple wanted to give up the biggest market for the reason to support Hong Kong "democrazy' ? Unless Apple is crazy.

  • The CCP gov is above the law in China. So when Tim Crook complies to them, it’s not the Chinese law he is complying to, but the biggest stack of weeds people there emigrate to avoid.

  • Throw any components from China out of US, including but not limited to Apple, Huawei, US Military contractor products, clothing, … Support US. Don't just talk about it, or target specific companies only, becoming trashy Hippocrates. Do it …

  • Yes we are dealing with terrible people all over the world. We being the dirtbag elites posing as humanitarians.

  • The anger of violent protesters is also directed at companies such as the MTR Corporation that criticize the protests, mainland companies and ordinary Chinese who speaking mandarin . As a result, the troublemakers showed their local chauvinism, even though their families mostly came from the mainland. In addition, Some videos show that demonstrators threw homemade firebombs at the police or attacked them with a knife

  • He had to delete it otherwise
    Intelligent Americans going to get upcoming iPhone models with shitty design
    For 5000 usd

  • The CEO of the richest company in the world bows to China. Money rules america. USA should just bow to China from now on. USA has no moral authority anymore.

  • Free Hong Kong, free Tibet, free east Turkmenistan or better known as Uygeristan, China would be not even half its size if the rest of the world would stop it from balkanizing it's neighbors.

  • In terms of freedom and democracy HK ranks No.3 in the world, higher than Canada and US. So please explain what you want? Please

  • I'm from Sweden… Can i say I H¤te f¤¤cckkiinngg nniigg¤¤rrss ! in America? is it ok? or do you want to slap a label on it and restrict me ? I can't even write it here!?!?!?!?!?!

  • I’m not a China supporter and I don’t believe this is not about protesting or democracy. This is about the safety of police officers. I have been an veteran of the police force for over 10 years and I just don’t understand how can anyone justify tracking police officers’ locations as appropriate? This app would locate officers position and put them vulnerable for attacks or for criminals to commit crimes knowing officers are not close enough to respond.
    So people in the US should be able to track US police officers’ locations too? How is Apple doing the right and morale thing of banning a HK police officer tracking app deemed wrong/giving in to China? So protecting rioters and criminals is justified but protecting piece officers are wrong?

  • His mistake was saying it was violations of apples own policies. If Chinese government makes him stop he has to stop. If USA courts were to do the same he would appeal but if the end result was same he would pull apps

  • I THINK CURLY HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD EVEN THOUGH AMERICANS HATE THE INJUSTICE IN CHINA & HONG KONG . LETS APPLY OUR AMERICAN STANDARDS EVERYWHERE !
    LETS START A WAR , WE’LL START IT IN NEW JERSEY !!! ( Lee Ving )

  • is there an app that allows individuals to track or inform police activity? will it help drug dealer or some other bad intentions?

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